Nespresso smart cards hacked to provide infinite coffee after someone wasn’t too perky about security


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Some commercial Nespresso machines in Europe that incorporate a smart card payment system can be manipulated to add unlimited funds to purchase coffee, thanks to reliance on technology that’s been known to be insecure for more than a decade.

In a coordinated vulnerability disclosure published this week, Polle Vanhoof, a security researcher, describes a vulnerability affecting unspecified Nespresso Pro machines equipped with a smart card reader: the problem? Some rely on outdated Mifare Classic smart cards.

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